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phigam14 Jan 12, 2010 12:48 PM

My mom is coming to visit me next Saturday and I would like to take her to a nice lunch in the DC area. She is a simple lady but loves good food. Can eat anything from a burger to tartare. Any suggestions for something moderate in price? Thank you.

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  1. ktmoomau Jan 12, 2010 01:20 PM

    I wonder if J&G steakhouse has their prix fixe lunch on weekends, that might be nice?

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      EatOrGoToYourRoom Jan 12, 2010 02:23 PM

      You might want to tell us your neighborhood so folks here can narrow down their recommendations. There are so many choices.

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        Dennis S Jan 12, 2010 05:59 PM

        Yeah, the specifics help - your area, where she's coming in to (National, Dulles, BWI) and from (part of the country/background). Probably budget, too. It's different if you're talking a span of time like a week where you're taking off and you ask for all budgets all types, but for one meal, specifics definitely help.

        At this point in time, if I only had one meal and I didn't know the area, I would be befuddled, but then crazily amazed about Hong Kong Palace. Or maybe Ray's Hell. But going back - do a tour of Eden Center (if possible geographically), potentially getting a bahn mi early on, then go to HKP to share 4-5 dishes (including cumin lamb, chengdu noodles, the corn, and the mouth mouth happy chicken dish).

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          chowser Jan 13, 2010 05:57 AM

          Definitely--also, define "moderate" in price. DC area, good simple food, anything from burgers to tartare. The list feels infinite.

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          Elyssa Jan 12, 2010 02:35 PM

          I would check out the menus at Tabard Inn, Darlington House, Bistro Bis, or Bistro D'oc.

          1. helenahimm Jan 13, 2010 05:51 AM

            When my mom visited I took her to a very simple Lunch at Pho75 (Rosslyn) she had never eaten in a place so simple as that so she was so surprised and loved every piece of it. So It all depends what you are looking for her.

            Also my mom likes little bites so after that we went a walked to some places and tried little things from everything, it's so funny she still misses the Pho 75 =) (but she is a soup freak, so that's a different story).

            Good luck and enjoy the time with your mom =)

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              phigam14 Jan 13, 2010 06:14 AM

              Sorry about that. I live in Arlington area, Closest to Courthouse but we were coming into the city to do a little site seeing so anywhere in the northwest, conneticut ave area would be great. My mom is from virginia but her family is from South Carolina so she enjoys southern style food. She also enjoys seafood and italian food. I was looking to spend around $75 for the both of us.

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                helenahimm Jan 13, 2010 06:22 AM

                Steve always mentions this place Ohh Oh Ahhs or something like that and many say is great Soul Food.

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                  Culocho Jan 13, 2010 08:48 AM

                  Oohhs and Aahhs is wonderful, but not very pleasing to dine in.

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                    helenahimm Jan 13, 2010 09:58 AM

                    Ohh.. sorry i've never been there.

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                    chowser Jan 13, 2010 10:55 AM

                    Oohs and Ahhs is okay, some things are very good, some not but I wouldn't take my mom there for a nice lunch.

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                    Indy 67 Jan 14, 2010 05:46 AM

                    Here's a Mom's take on your request...

                    If you're talking about Saturday, January 16, that date is in the midst of restaurant week. That means a three-course meal at lunch would be $20.10. This puts some more-expensive restaurants within reach of your budget.

                    Plugging 1/16, two people, and the 12:30 time slot into Open Table, my best recommendations among the choices that came up would be RIS and Bistro Bis.

                    Also, click on the restaurants showing no availability to see if anything appeals to you. If so, phone the restaurant directly. Often there are reservations to be had via phone call that simply don't show up via the Open Table web site.

                    RIS features New American cuisine. I loved Ris Lacoste's food at 1789.

                    Bistro Bis is in a great location on Capital Hill. Their bistro French food and American standards are always delicious.

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